Agenda and minutes

Council Business Committee
Thursday, 29th January 2015 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Morecambe Town Hall

Contact: Peter Baines, Democratic Services - 01524 582074 or email  pbaines@lancaster.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

17.

Minutes

Minutes of meeting held on 6th November 2014 (previously circulated).

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a correct record.

18.

Items of Urgent Business Authorised by the Chairman

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

19.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda. 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Members should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Members are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct. 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

20.

Member Development Update pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report about recent member development activities, the induction programme for new and returning councillors after the local elections, and proposals to introduce annual mandatory training for members of the Licensing Act, Licensing Regulatory, Personnel, and Planning and Highways Regulatory Committees.

 

In the course of discussion, members suggested a number of amendments and additions to the provisional induction programme, and considered the merits of annual training for members of the Licensing Act, Licensing Regulatory, Personnel, and Planning and Highways Regulatory Committees.  On balance, it was felt that one mandatory training session would be sufficient, followed by further mandatory sessions on an ad hoc basis, covering any significant changes to procedure or relevant legislation.   The additional sessions would be scheduled as determined by the relevant Chief Officer for each Committee.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)          That an evening session for signing the declaration of office be added to the induction programme, dependant on officer availability;

 

(2)          That training on the protocol for member/officer relations and delegated decisions be incorporated into the induction programme for new and returning councillors following the local elections;

 

(3)          That Council be recommended to amend the terms of reference of the Licensing Act Committee, Licensing Regulatory Committee, Personnel Committee and Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee, in order to require all members and substitute members to

 

                 i.     undertake mandatory training on equalities and the relevant law and procedures which relate to their Committee’s work. 

 

                ii.     undertake further mandatory training, on an ad hoc basis, when there are changes to procedure or relevant legislation that are deemed significant by the relevant Chief Officer for each Committee.

21.

Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places 2015 pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Please note, the street lists are very long documents and are available online. In the interests of saving paper, they  have not been appended to paper copies of the agenda for Members. If Members would like a paper copy of any or all of the wards, please phone Democratic Services on 582170 and they will be printed for you.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a recent review of polling districts and polling places in the parliamentary constituencies of Morecambe and Lunesdale, and Lancaster and Fleetwood.

 

It was noted that all local authorities had to complete a review of polling districts and polling places between 1st October 2013 and 31st January 2015, and that Council had delegated the authority to publish the outcome of Lancaster City Council’s review to this Committee.  

 

In the course of debate, a member suggested that Heysham Library be assessed for suitability as a polling place for electors living on the coastal side of Heysham Road in Heysham Central ward, this being more convenient that Heysham Mossgate School on the other side of the road.

 

In addition, members discussed voting arrangements in the Bulk ward, and it was suggested that electors in Bulk A would benefit from an additional polling station, and that electors in parts of Bulk C could share the polling station at Lancaster Royal Grammar School with electors from the John O’Gaunt ward.  

 

Resolved:

 

(1)          That authority be granted to publish the outcome of the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places on the Lancaster City Council website;

 

(2)          That officers be requested to raise the suggested amendments to arrangements in Heysham Central and Bulk wards with the Returning Officer.

22.

Appointments to Committees and Changes to Membership

Minutes:

There were no appointments to committees or changes to membership.